Tuesday 21 August 2012
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 8pm UK time: More than 130 Syrians were reported, and verified, as dead so far today (Tuesday 21/8/2012).
-In Reef Dimashq Dimashq 40 civilians were killed. 38 civilians were killed in the town of Ma’adamiya, by regime forces who stormed the town
-In Aleppo province 16 civilians were killed. 9 civilians (4 men, 3 women and 2 children) were killed by the bombardment of several neighbourhoods in the city of Aleppo after midnight. 4 civilians, including a child, was killed by the bombardment on the Aleppo neighbourhoods of Bustan al-Qasr and Bab Hadid. A man and a child were killed by the bombardment on the town of Mare’ this morning. 1 civilian died from wounds from the bombardment on Hreitan, Reef Aleppo.
-In Damascus the bodies of 6 civilian men were found in the al-Qadam neighbourhood only hours after being abducted from the Sa’eed bin Amer al-Jumhi mosque in Ashrafiyet Suhnaya, Reef Dimashq. Their bodies had torture and gushot wounds. The 6 men are originally from the Qadam neighbourhood.
-In Deir Izzor province 9 civilians were killed. 5 men and a woman were killed by the bombardment on the villages of Khat al-Kisra. 1 civilian was killed by the bombardment of the al-Boukamal city, 1 killed by a sniper in the city. 1 child died of wounds in the city of Deir Izzor.
-In Hama province 1 civilian was killed by a sniper in the al-Firaya neighbourhood, city of Hama.
-In Latakia province 2 civilians were killed. 1 civilian was killed by an artillery shell in Reef Latakia. 1 was killed by the bombardment on Jabal al-Akrad.
-In Homs province a woman was killed by shrapnel from the regime bombardment on the city of al-Rastan.
12 Rebel fighters:
Dera’a province: 4 rebels killed. 3 rebel fighters were killed by the military operations in the city of al-Hirak. 1 rebel fighter was killed during clashes in the town of Seida, Reef Dera’a.
Reef Dimashq: 2 rebel fighters were killed after midnight in the eastern Ghouta.
Aleppo province: 6 rebels were killed during clashes in the city of Aleppo.
A defected officer, with the rank of captain, was killed when regime forces raided the town of Morek.
No less than 34 members of the Syrian armed forces were killed by IED explosions, attacks on checkoints, and during clashes with rebel forces in the provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Deir Izzor, Aleppo and Dera’a.
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[local time] 22:27 The United States expressed deep skepticism Tuesday about suggestions by Syria’s deputy prime minister that the regime was open to discussing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s resignation.
21:55 Tuesday’s death toll has increased to 195, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
20:53 Tuesday’s death toll has increased to 175, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
20:20 An air strike killed 20 people in a bakery in Aleppo, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
19:42 Piles of burning rubbish lined the streets of an Aleppo district as a taxi sped through carrying the wounded after yet another day of shelling and fighting in Syria’s battered second city.
19:40 Newly appointed UN peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is to be based in New York, the UN information service said Tuesday.
19:31 The Syrian National Council, Syria’s main opposition group is studying the formation of a transitional government, its leader Abdel Basset Sayda said Tuesday.
19:10 Tuesday’s death toll has increased to 152, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
18:33 A top Syrian minister on Tuesday held out the prospect of strongman Bashar al-Assad stepping down as part of a negotiated settlement to 17 months of bloodshed that activists say has killed 23,000.
18:15 The conflict between opposition fighters and regime forces has turned Syria into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, exacerbated by attacks on aid workers, US officials said Tuesday.
18:07 A top Syrian minister on Tuesday dismissed as mere election politics US President Barack Obama’s implicit threat to launch an attack should the regime deploy its chemical weapons stockpile.
17:08 Tuesday’s death toll in Syria increased to 110 people killed by security forces, Al-Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
16:26 Russia on Tuesday defended its ally Syria against the threat of outside interference after US President Barack Obama called the use of chemical weapons by the regime a “red line”.
15:15 The death toll in Syria increased to 60 people killed by security forces, Al-Arabiya on Tuesday quoted activists as saying.
15:13 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a senior visiting Syrian minister on Tuesday that the regime’s current efforts to end 17 months of violence were insufficient and required further effort.
14:43 Syrian forces killed 44 people on Tuesday, Al-Arabiya quoted activists as saying.
14:27 Syria’s rebels control almost two thirds of the northern city of Aleppo, a top Free Syrian Army commander said on Tuesday, in a claim denied by a security source in Damascus.
13:47 Syrian forces executed medics in Daraa’s Al-Harak, Al-Jazeera television quoted activists as saying.
13:10 The opposition Syrian National Council on Tuesday accused the Lebanese authorities of failing to act over a wave of kidnappings and arrests of Syrians in Lebanon and accused some political parties of complicity.
11:50 Syrian forces shelled the Aleppo town of Mareaa, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
11:19 Syrian forces continued shelling Daraa’s Dael on Tuesday, Al-Arabiya television quoted activists as saying.
10:13 The Syrian army shelled districts in and around the northern city of Aleppo before dawn Tuesday, killing nine civilians, among them women and children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
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PARIS – Medics in Syria have been treating more wounds from tank and aircraft bombardment in the past month, charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Tuesday, the latest sign government forces are using heavier weaponry to try to crush the uprising.
Wounds inflicted on victims of the violence have worsened since the July 18 rebel bomb attack that killed members of President Bashar al-Assad’s inner circle, including his defense minister and brother-in-law, the medical organization said.
Medics from the charity are seeing more injuries from tank shelling, aerial bombardment and heavy artillery than at any other time during the 17-month-old conflict which has killed 18,000, MSF said.
“We saw big changes after the bombing of the security forces in Damascus in July with the degradation of security,” Brian Moller, an anesthetist nurse who is heading up an MSF mission in northern Syria, told Reuters.
“This attack emboldened the Free Syrian Army and then we started seeing injuries from large ordnance shelling … The injuries are graphic.”
At least 170,000 people have fled the violence in Syria, according to the United Nations, and 2.5 million need aid inside the country.
Paris-based MSF, which until now had declined to detail its operations in Syria, said it had sent a team of medics to the north of Syria in June to open a hospital that has been working around the clock since.
The team has so far carried out about 150 operations at the site on women, children and men, including FSA fighters, with injuries ranging from sniper fire wounds to puncture wounds from heavy mortar rounds, which break into fragments upon impact.
The seven MSF medics in Syria include surgeons and anesthetists and are backed up by about 50 local workers, MSF staff who returned to the organization’s Paris headquarters this week to be relieved by colleagues told reporters.
MSF General Manager Felipe Ribeiro told Reuters the charity had informed Syrian authorities about the hospital and had been “politely” told to leave the country. However, they had not received any direct threats and were in a safe zone under rebel control, he said.
With diplomatic efforts to end the war stymied by divisions between world powers and regional rivalries, Syria faces the prospect of a prolonged conflict that increasingly sets a mainly Sunni Muslim opposition against Assad’s Alawite minority.
MSF has secretly been sending medics into Syria for short periods for almost a year and working with local groups. After failing to get government approval to set up a base, it said it opted to go it alone in an area where Assad’s forces had least control.
The hospital has a maximum capacity of 30 patients and includes 12 beds, operating theatres and an ultrasound machine.
“We looked for a place where we could guarantee access for patients, security of our staff and continuity of care, so that’s why we decided to take the risk to set up a 24/7 hospital inside Syria,” Ribeiro said.
Victims mostly discover the hospital through word of mouth and some of those treated had travelled as far as 150 km (93 miles) to reach it, MSF said.
The hospital has supplies to last two weeks and while it is difficult to get them into the country, MSF’s local network has so far allowed it to maintain operations.
(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Pravin Char)
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